In early November 2019, Hotelies gathered in Salzburg, Austria for another wonderful and insightful meeting of the AlpAdria & Eastern Europe Chapter. During the weekend event attendees learned about branding in the digital age, and discovered the history of Schloß Leopoldskron from Max Reinhardt to The Sound of Music. Thank you Jonathon Dominic Spada for organizing the weekend.
On October 3, 2019, the CHS AlpAdria & Eastern Europe chapter hosted our 1st Annual Rome Lodging Outlook at the St. Regis Rome.
Jonathan Spada’10 kicked off the event with a welcome to our guests, explained who is CHS and opportunities for becoming a member (as it turned out one of the guests just completed her 4 PDP courses in July!), as well as a quick shout out about our Hospitality Symposium that we’re putting together for the EMEA meeting next April.
Up next, Giorgio Palmucci, President of ENIT (Italy’s national tourism board, responsible for promoting Italian tourism worldwide) gave a welcome and a brief overview of the state-of-the-industry at the moment.
Sarah Diugnan of STR then gave the keynote presentation of market data and forecast, indicating a bright future for Rome, but especially for other markets like Naples, Palermo, and Puglia. Venice forecast, on the other hand, is less bright due to a drop in demand and the cruise ship controversy.
Following Sarah, we invited a panel to discuss the outlook qualitatively. The panel was moderated by Roberto Necci, Chairman of Necci Hotels and President of Centro Studi Federalberghi Roma, and included Giuseppe de Martino, GM of the St. Regis Rome; Gianni di Fede, VP Total Revenue Management EMEA at Radisson Hotel Group; Palmiro Noschese, local hotelier and developer; Sabrina Fragiacomo, owner at Extramilevent; and Rocco Lomazzi, Co-Founder of Sweet Guest.
The nature of the panel offered practical information for hoteliers in the audience to apply in their own hotels for 2020.
The audience was made up of about 40 local hoteliers and managers, representing the top properties in Rome.
A special thanks to Palmiro Noschese ’19 and Luca Cerretani ’09 who helped organize the event. We really appreciated the support from fellow chapter presidents and VPs, and we’re very satisfied with the result for this inaugural event.
On February 21, 2019, Hotelies attending the Adria Hotel Forum gathered for breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade. Thanks to Silvija Iliskovic Balagovic for organizing breakfast at this beautiful venue!
The CHS AlpAdria & Eastern Europe Chapter held it annual meeting from November 9 through 11 at the Grotta Giusti in Tuscany. The Grotta Giusti is a 4-star 19th-century villa that features an underground lake and natural thermal baths.
Guests attended educational sessions where they received valuable information on stress reduction and health nutrition from industry experts. Attendees also enjoyed the healing properties and relaxation activities of the facility’s natural grotto and spa.
Being Hotelies, there were a few “unhealthy” social activities as well.
- An opening cocktail reception and dinner.
- A banquet and auction that raised €2,150 for the Deiv Salutskij EMEA Scholarship Fund
- Wine pairing and delicious lunch in the original Taverna Banfi at Castello Banfi.